Some people wonder why they need to see an orthodontist if they already see a dentist twice a year. What you may not know is that an orthodontist and a dentist have different training backgrounds that allow them to be specialized in different areas. Thus, not one of these doctors covers all of your oral hygiene bases. You need to see both to make sure you are taking the best care of your teeth possible. To learn more about why you need an orthodontist, keep reading for some advice from Dr. Christy Fortney at Hidden Valley Orthodontics.
While a beautiful smile is the result of a good orthodontic treatment, there is a lot that goes into the process of getting there. Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly complex process that orthodontists have special training in. Treatment involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones, and soft tissue. After dental school, orthodontists must complete a two to three year residency in an accredited program to master the multi-faceted intricacies of orthodontics. This intensive training gives them the tools they need to create healthy, beautiful smiles.
Additionally, working with an orthodontist can help to improve your life. Proper orthodontic treatment can lead to better function of your teeth (biting, chewing, speaking), improved appearance, and more self-esteem/self-confidence. Attending regularly scheduled appointments with your orthodontist and maintaining good oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment will allow your orthodontist to deliver life-enhancing results.
Both a dentist and an orthodontist are crucial doctors to see to achieve and maintain your best possible smile. Each doctor will ensure your oral health and hygiene is where it should be. Creating beautiful smiles is our passion, feel free to contact our office with any questions so we can help you create yours!